George Panagakos Photography

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Mid-Summer Re-Cap

Wow…….  I don’t even quite know where to begin…..  As I sit down today to write this blog post, I’m overwhelmed when I reflect upon the people, places, and events of the summer thus far and the people I’ve been priveledged to meet and work with recently.

I am flooded again with a deep sense of gratitude.  It feels as though everything is coming together in an amazing tapestry of events that continues to change and evolve from one day to the next.

I can’t wait to see what work/passion/life has in store next, and I’d love to share some of the most poignant and personally fulfilling highlights in the following paragraphs if you’re willing to journey along with me on this sometimes whimsical, sometimes rather “deep” (for lack of a better word!) ride.

Summer nuttiness kicked off with an event at the Four Points Sheraton in Revere on June 24th in which I was delighted to help my friends Vanessa Mangiacotti and Amy Corkern who hosted a Parrot-Head/Cruise-ship themed party complete with a high-end, high tech large,cardboard anchor and Carribbean tarp-of-a-backdrop in which I photographed guests as they arrived.  I am being a little facetious about the props and just joking around a bit (!) but the pictures turned out fantastic and I give Amy and Vanessa kudos for their resourcefulness! Delicious hor d’oeuvres, food from an incredible buffet,and pina coladas flowed in abundance and a great,lively time was had by all!

Next, in early July, I traveled to Atlanta with a very good friend and fellow artisan to attend a convention where the first copies of my book were made available to the public and met with great enthusiasm!

Anyone who knows me well will appreciate that this particular moment was monumental in my life and well, what can I say except that I’m very proud!

My next adventure began on July 1, 2010 when I photographed a “High Tea” at the Nahant Country Club and was asked to be the exclusive photographer for all fundraising events for an organization that I am so thrilled to be partnered with.  The organization is called “Women & Wishes” (www.womenandwishes.org) and it is a non-profit organization for middle-class women who are struggling with life issues such as sickness, divorce, etc., who do not qualify for government aid.

I am particularly honored to be partnered with the new Boston Chapter, as this is a cause that is very near to my heart, having watched many a female friend and loved one struggle with these very same issues.  Not to mention the fact that it’s kind of hard to NOT have fun photographing an event like this with nothing but lovely women “dressed to the nines” all around!  To my friend, Beverly Dawson, director of the Boston Chapter, thanks for your patience while we had some “technical issues” while taking pictures of the tree-planting! (inside joke)

Finally,I had the priveledge in mid-July to photograph a wedding in Marblehead of a beautiful couple named Patty and Alec, who I am glad to truly call “friends”.
To say that the ceremony was unique would be an understatement! My favorite part was having to stop taking pictures to lend the groom my wedding ring because in all of the excitement the rings got left behind!  It was hilarious!  And to you, Patty and Alec, may your journey together increase daily in love, laughter, and amazingly priceless times with one another.

Well, friends, I am literally off to Greece as we speak until August 18th for a little bit of business, a little bit of R&R… But that’s a whole ‘nother post for another day!  Until next time, I hope this update finds you healthy and well and thank you as always for your interest and support!  Eyia-sou (pronounced “YIA-sou, meaning “goodbye/to your health”)

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Onward and Upward, Interrupted.

The first days of the new decade were supposed to be a resurrectional phase in George’s life. I am not referring to any kind of “New Year’s resolution” or any deliberate coincidence of events. There was no plan in place as to the timing of what is happening.

Strangely, it is only now I realize that the events leading up to and culminating in the setting of solid plans for a course of action coincide with the dawning of the teens. The “onward and upward” title of this post is a reference to my sister’s wishes for me a couple of months back, the day after I established this here blog. This post marks another one of many little new beginnings in my efforts toward doing whatever is in my power to realize my dreams and aspirations.

The “Interrupted” part of the title, well, that’s a different story. Anyone who has ever had them can attest to the fact that back problems are very well capable of interrupting just about anything one had planned.  Especially if it was resuming a physical conditioning program that was left off many years ago in favor of long hours and not enough sleep as a freelancer.

Well, whenever it is God’s will versus my will, I, as all others, lose. As much as one tries to suck it up and wait it out, there comes a time when you just have to do something. This point of realization came on hands and knees in the middle of a sidewalk, unable to move. Hmm? Sure wish I’d thought of doing something earlier.

OK, so, not all is doom and gloom, for sure. I did stop smoking. And I stopped drinking coffee because what is coffee without a cigarette (ok, all non smokers may reserve comment). At the store on New Year’s Day, ready to buy a pack o’ smokes, I thought to myself, “Hmm? (again – hmm? happens a whole lot with me) this whole smoking thing sure is stupid.” I got back in the car and drove away. I just flipped the switch. Wicked cool.

Next up is a little exercise – one week of taking “Photo walks” This is something anyone can benefit by, I think. I’ll give more detail once I begin posting images from these photo walks right here on the world renowned GeorgesPictures Blog.

Until then, love all people.

-George Panagakos